Summer Vacation 2010

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I’ve finally got all the photos up from vacation. I’m going to post a few highlights and let you check out the rest here.

The first day we drove as far as Mesquite, NV. We had Joe’s cousin Ada with us. She spent the summer with Joe’s mom and we were taking her back home to her family. The kids were so AWESOME in the van. It helped that we bought a dual screen DVD player to help keep them entertained.

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Mesquite was so H*O*T! We went bowling while we waited for it to cool down enough for us to go swimming. Joe had his best bowling game ever. I think he had at least one turkey, tons of strikes and spares. I did pretty well considering that Sophie insisted on holding my hand while I bowled. She was having a slight meltdown, poor girl. If she would have slept in the van…

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The next morning we drove to Joe’s Grandparents. Ada lives next door so that was her stop, too. While we spent time with Joe’s grandparents and his aunt and uncle the kids played hard. Sai and Jay played dress up with Sale. Ada dressed Sophie up as well.

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We spent one night with them and then it was time for us to head on down to San Diego. We took some pictures with Joe’s grandparents before saying good-bye.

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(This picture cracks me up because Joe is sitting in Grandpa’s Jazzy and the boys are making crazy faces.)

The next day we hit the beach. I think the specific one we visited was Mission Beach. We met up with some of Joe’s family on his dad’s side. The kids liked the sand. But the water was super cold and seaweedy.

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(This is the only picture of me at the beach you’ll see. Just my feet.)

The kids all had to get buried in the sand. The extra kid in these pictures is Bubba. He’s the son of one of Joe’s cousins. At the end Jay had so much sand in his shorts I’m sure he was quite chaffed and exfoliated!

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After the beach we went back to our motel to shower. Joe and I were lobster red! I sunscreened Sophie, no burn there. I couldn’t get the boys to sit still to get sunscreened up so luckily they were just slightly pink on the shoulders. After freshening up we went to Joe’s aunt Angela’s house for a family barbecue. And it was YUMMY! There were burgers. But most importantly good homemade Mexican food: carne asada, beans and rice. One of my most favorite meals. I didn’t get any pictures of Angela but I got this one of Joe and his aunt Erma.

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The next day was Sea World day! There are so many pictures here so you’ll just have to go check them all out (link at the top). And yes, we totally forgot our stroller and had to rent on for Sophie. $17 dollars!! But worth it.

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The boys had to see the sharks first thing. They loved them.

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All of us, except Sophie, touched the rays.

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Joe, Sai and Jay sat in the soak zone for the Shamu show. Sophie and I were smarter than that. Here are the guys getting soaked!

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The last time we went to Sea World, about six years ago when Sai was the age Sophie is now, it seemed small. We spent most of the day there and didn’t see everything. But by the time we left everyone was exhausted!

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Then we woke the kids up early and started the long trek home.

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And we left the backpack/diaper bag/camera bag in the breakfast area of the hotel. We didn’t realize it until we were three hours away! Luckily I had stashed our pre-purchased Sea World tickets, which had our names on them, in the backpack so they knew it was ours. It arrived safely the other day with all items accounted for.

I think that this was one of the best vacations ever. We had a lot of fun. The kids were awesome! And everyone was happy.

We’re all ready talking about what we can do next year for vacation. We’re thinking some place different. Northern California or maybe Colorado. We have lots of time to figure that out!

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2 Responses to “Summer Vacation 2010”


  1. 1 nikko August 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

    We are heading to San Diego next weekend. I am very excited! It looks like you had a grand time. Visiting family, going to Sea World and the beach! No wonder everyone was tired and happy!
    ~~~
    I hope you all have fun in San Diego! There’s lots to do there. We sure had a lot of fun!
    -Kathy

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